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Real-Life Mysteries Set Stage for “Black Diamond Fall”

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The disappearance of a college student. The vandalism of a famous poet’s residence. Throw in a frightful skiing accident and you’ve got the setup for Black Diamond Fall, a literary mystery by Joseph Olshan (Polis Books), best known for his works Clara’s Heart and Cloudland. The story takes place in wintry Vermont, where the author spends much of his time, and the book’s central themes are drawn from his own real-life experiences. Olshan offered some insight into the book, the plot, the characters and his writing in this BookTrib interview: BookTrib: Black Diamond Fall is based on two real events that happened in Vermont. Tell us about those events and how you tread the line between facts and literary fiction. Joseph…

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The True Story Behind “Black Diamond Fall”

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To write a successful novel, I have to dip my pen into autobiography; and if I don’t, I lose my way. This makes it difficult when I am writing fiction about a crime. It means weaving a tight narrative comprised of an act of violence and the mystery surrounding that act of violence with something substantial that I’ve lived through. I was lucky in my previous novel, Cloudland (Polis Books), which was based on the unsolved serial murders of seven women in a place called “the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.” A very close friend of mine, who was like a mother figure to me, found the last of the victims: a woman in a pink parka whose body…

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#TuesdayThoughts: The Meaning of Freedom

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The subjects of war, freedom and humanity have been trending on Twitter today. While our nation is one of the greatest democracies in the world, we still have a history with roots in the degradation and marginalization of others.  Despite this history, however, we also know what freedom looks like. Our #TuesdayThoughts are on the meaning of freedom with quotes from some of the greatest minds from around the globe. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –…

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Books That Will Change Your Life from Our Friends at Just The Right Book!

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In many of Roxanne Coady’s podcasts, she has posed the question, “What is the book that changed your life?” Roxanne has found that, many of the names of the books that guests will offer, are poignant and personal in some way, and as she says, “inevitably they become a list of books that you are dying to read.” That’s why today, on a special edition of Just the Right Book Podcast, we offer you some favorite stories that have been collected over the past forty episodes! We have 25 new suggestions for you to take a look at if you are looking to start a new book over the Labor Day Weekend.     Books in this episode: The Broke…

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Edamame Salami, or Eat Your Poetry; It’s Good for You!

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“Oh, Mom, we do enough of that in school.” My daughter’s reaction to the news that I’d be leading a poetry jam with her Girl Scout troop was pretty much what you’d expect from a hipster 10-year-old. But our troop leader had loved the idea, so it was a done deal, school poetry lessons or not. When the day arrived, of course we started with a snack. The troop had come straight from school on that May afternoon, and being fifth graders, they were as famished as if they’d just come from a 10-mile trek. Because poetry was the theme of the day, we’d have a “poetic” snack. First on the menu was Edamame Salami, which I had invented for…

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